Burry Stander, pro mountain biker, was hit by a taxi and killed while training in his hometown of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. He was 25 years old.

He competed in the 2008 Olympics and most recently won back-to-back Absa Cape Epic races with fellow Specialized teammate Christoph Sauser. We just received this note from their Director of Sports Marketing:

Dear All,

It is with great sadness that we bid farewell to our friend and cycling legend Burry, who was tragically snatched away in the prime of his life while training in his home town province of Kwazulu-Natal this afternoon.

We have lost not only a friend, colleague and team-mate, but a true sportsman. He will long be remembered for his humility, his prowess and the gentle manner in which he conducted his life!

Our heartfelt sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Cherise, his parents, family and all who were privileged to know this gentle giant.

Life is short, life is sweet but his legend will live on forever… Sincere condolences to all.

David Hyam and the Specialized S-Racing Team

May he ride in peace.


  1. I believed he had multiple world championships in him sad to see such a bright star snatched away so soon rest in peace Mr. Stander.

  2. Sad indeed. It is becoming a major risk riding on our roads in RSA. Not as bad as LA though.

    Just a note, Kwazulu-Natal is a Province (what you would call a state in the USA) note a town. He had the accident in Shelly Beach, his home town, which is a small town on the RSA South Coast.

  3. Peace to you Burry, and to your family and friends. I’d give anything if I could just lean over, pick up your bike, dust it off, hand it to you and say, “Here you go man, get on and go!”.

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